Yo! I’m going back home to South Florida to host this dope ass New Years Eve party called The WANDERLUST. This one’s presented to you by some of Miami & Ft. Lauderdale’s livest crews so that pretty means it’s not to be missed nah mean. I’m tryna see all my homies in the spot that night so we can fully turn up & bring in 2013 mad proper. Slide Thru!
PEEP THE NEW VISUALS OFF OF J MISTRO & I’S #THECHILLESTWINTEREP. It was shot by the homie ARCHIE ARCHER of WHEAT CITY MAG. IT WAS COLD AS HELL THE DAY WE SHOT THIS VIDEO WHICH IS IRONIC CONSIDERING THE NAME OF THE SONG & EP BUT, EITHER WAY WE HAD MAD FUN, GOT DOPE FOOTAGE, & THE VIDEO CAME OUT REAL FLY LIKE SO VIBE OUT TO THIS!
The young homie Chick Gaynor recently dropped his first project titled Whatever. I liked it upon my first listen but after bumping it a few more times I realize more that it’s truly an accomplishment, especially for an MC’s debut joint. His lyricism, self-expression, beat selection, skits, & all around tape composition are years beyond him. peep the tape, it’s worth a listen. Kool Klux Klan really is nothin’ to fuck with.
Confucius was an philosopher from Ancient China that I first heard about ironically from a Warner Bros. cartoon as a kid. They’d always have him popping out of random places, blurting out pointless but, hilarious quotes. I later learned that Confucius was not only a person that actually existed but, also one of the wisest men to walk the earth. His quotes, anecdotes, & legacy have lasted for centuries & still continue to inspire & evoke profound thought & action. For these reasons & many more, Confucius is a true Light Bringer.
I first got word of Bill Hicks from a friend of mine by the name of Lawrence & later by another friend named Parker. Both of them were pretty adamant about their respect & love for Hicks’ brand of comedy. I decided to take a listen to one of his albums & watched a few YouTube clips & became an instant fan. Bill Hicks is a true comedic genius. He manages to shine a light on society’s darkest recesses in such an ironically hilarious fashion. For these reasons & many more, Bill Hicks is a true Light Bringer.
For the past week or so I’ve been reading this book called Rasta & Resistance. The book not only delves into Rastafari as a form of spirituality or a way of life, it expands on the history of the transatlantic slave trade, the socio-political climate & struggles for political solidarity in Jamaica, Africa, The Americas & all over the world. The book shined a light on a particular brother I had no prior knowledge of, a brother by the name of Walter Rodney. When you think of Rastafari some of the 1st people that come to mind are of course Emperor Haile Selassie I Ras Tafari, Marcus Garvey, & Bob Marley but rarely do you hear of Mr. Rodney. During the 60′s after studying at the University of the West Indies campus in Jamaica. While there he managed to ingratiate himself among the Rastafarians. During the time, Rastas were bashed by different academic groups who aimed not really to study them but more to look down upon them & slander them in the academic, political, & spiritual senses. Rodney managed to not only learn from the Rastas, he was able to give them more global insight into the political struggles taking place internationally & actually helped steer the religion from what many perceived as mere mysticism to a movement that would have not only a global spiritual effect but a social & political one as well. For this reason and many more, Walter Rodney is a true Light Bringer.
Born to a working class family, Rodney was a bright student, attending Queen’s College in Guyana and then attending university on a scholarship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, graduating in 1963.
Rodney earned his PhD in 1966 at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. His dissertation focused on the slave trade on the upper Guinea coast. The thesis was published in 1970 under the title A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545-1800, and it was widely acclaimed for its originality in challenging the conventional wisdom on the area.
He traveled widely and became very well known around the world as an activist and scholar. He taught for a time in Tanzania, and later in Jamaica at his alma mater – UWI Mona. Rodney was sharply critical of the middle class for its role in the post-independence Caribbean. He was also a critic of capitalism and argued for a socialist development template. On 15 October 1968 the government of Jamaica, led by prime minister Hugh Shearer, barred Rodney from returning to the island. The decision to ban him from ever returning to the country because of his advocacy for the working poor in that country caused riots to break out, eventually claiming the lives of several people and causing millions of dollars in damages. These riots, which started on October 16, 1968, are now known as the Rodney Riots, and they triggered an increase in political awareness across the Caribbean, especially among the Afrocentric Rastafarian sector of Jamaica, documented in his book, The Groundings With My Brothers.
Rodney became a prominent Pan-Africanist, and was important in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and North America. While living in Dar es Salaam he was influential in developing a new centre of African learning and discussion.
Leonard Howell is most famous for commonly being referred to as The First Rastafarian. I first gained knowledge of Leonard Howell around 2007. His story & life is something of legend. He along with men such as Joseph Hibbert, Archibald Dunkley, and Robert Hinds were some of the first gentlemen to begin speaking of the divinity of Haile Selassie I the Emperor of Ethiopia. Not only that, he built his own communal compound known as Pinnacle in the hills of St. Catherine, Jamaica. The compound became one of the largest self-reliant communities on the island. Leonard Howell’s dedication toward the spiritual ascension & independence of the Jamaican people & descendants of Africa all over the world is the reason why he is a true Light Bringer.
“Forward to the King of Kings to purify our Social Standards and our way of living, and rebuild and inspire our Character.” – Leonard Howell